March 2, 2010 (Newswire.com) - (Los Angeles, CA)
In a video produced by Larry Cook, author of The Beginner's Guide to Natural Living (http://www.thenaturalguide.com) Dr. Angela Agrios, ND explains how Naturopathic Medicine can reverse rheumatoid arthritis (video: http://www.thenaturalguide.com/nd/ag-rheumatoid-arthritis.html). Rheumatoid Arthritis is a type of arthritis that is autoimmune and commonly affects tissue in the joints. In chronic cases there is often extreme deformity and pain. Rheumatoid arthritis is reversible, however, when natural living principles are adopted and the factors leading to an overactive immune response are addressed.
Naturopathic Medicine is a natural medicine model that emphasizes the identification and treatment of the root cause of disease in order to restore health. Conventional and alternative diagnostic testing is used to evaluate the root cause of disease symptoms and then diet and lifestyle modifications are prescribed in adjunct with appropriate nutrients, botanicals, homeopathics and natural hormones to enable healing of the affected areas of the body.
Dr. Agrios states, "Rheumatoid Arthritis may have multiple causative factors. Some common triggers that should be tested for include: endocrine imbalance (hormone imbalance), gastrointestinal inflammation and/or poor intestinal barrier integrity caused by food allergies and/or dysbiosis (improper intestinal microbial flora), as well as mercury and other heavy metal toxicity. I always recommend that patients avoid processed and inflammatory foods and incorporate a whole, organic food based diet as the foundation of treatment. In addition, based on the individual abnormalities identified via lab testing, there are specific recommendations for each patient. I work with my patients to balance hormone levels, reduce gastrointestinal inflammation by eliminating food allergens, address dysbiotic growth with probiotics and botanicals, repair the intestinal lining with amino acids and short chain fatty acids, and use chelation therapy to remove heavy metals when present."
Natural living is a lifestyle that minimizes the intake of processed and chemical-based foods while maximizing the intake of whole, organic foods. Other aspects of natural living include detoxification, regular exercise, shopping at a health food store, using effective supplements, and working with holistically oriented doctors. "Virtually every disease and health condition can be prevented or reversed when someone adopts a natural lifestyle. This is essentially a conscious effort to eat the best food possible every day while avoiding processed and synthetic foods in order to attain maximum nutrition, which then promotes a state of health and healing. For specialized assistance with diseases and health problems, I recommend visiting a Naturopathic Doctor," says Cook.
"I have had success taking patients off of RA immune suppressive drugs by identifying the root cause(s) of immune hyper reactivity. Once the cause of immune system aggravation is identified and addressed, it typically takes about six weeks to two months to modulate the inflammation and start that transition off the dependence on pharmaceutical drugs. Within six months patients are typically able to reverse their autoimmune disease process and sustain health without dependence on pharmaceutical or natural medicine products," says Agrios.
"Natural living and natural medicine work because the body will heal itself when given the right conditions. When people take responsibility for their food choices and lifestyle choices that affect overall health and decide to work with a qualified natural medicine professional, such as a Naturopathic Doctor, disease processes like Rheumatoid Arthritis will completely disappear," comments Cook.
To watch Dr. Agrios, ND explain in detail how she diagnoses and treats Rheumatoid Arthritis, visit http://www.thenaturalguide.com/nd/ag-rheumatoid-arthritis.html. To learn more about the natural living lifestyle, visit http://www.thenaturalguide.com.
Larry Cook, Author
Dr. Angela Agrios, ND